October 17, 2008

"Progressives" argue for things not actually found in the Constitution, yet ...

... check out these "progressive" arguments against parental rights when it comes to allowing parents to "opt out" of a pro-gay school curriculum:

The Human Rights Campaign Amicus Curiae Brief: “There is no constitutional principle grounded in either the First Amendment’s free exercise clause or the right to direct the upbringing of one’s children, which requires defendants to either remove the books now in issue – or to treat them as suspect by imposing an opt-out system.”
From the ACLU Amicus Curiae Brief: “Specifically, the parents in this case do not have a constitutional right to override the professional pedagogical judgment of the school with respect to the inclusion within the curriculum of the age-appropriate children’s book…King and King.”

Now, a good libertarian should be all for equal rights for gay Americans. But likewise, a good libertarian should also be staunchly for the right of parents to raise their children as they see fit. While in my opinion I don't believe that individual parents should have what amounts to "veto power" over an aspect of the school curriculum (although, parents en masse could certainly -- and rightfully -- do so by electing representatives to the school board), the Human Rights Campaign view that parents cannot even opt-out of a rather sensitive pedagogical segment is just plain un-American and undemocratic. What they are saying above essentially amounts to parents' feelings as to what is best for their child is irrelevant because it might "make others feel bad."

Worse, the HRC and ACLU -- two groups which could "find" just about any "right" in the Constitution imaginable -- are adamant that that very same document doesn't afford parents any rights regarding their own children. (That is, unless a mother decides she wants to abort an unborn child -- then that is OK and perfectly constitutional.)

This, I believe, is perfectly summed up as what Jonah Goldberg terms "liberal fascism."

Posted by Hube at October 17, 2008 03:34 PM | TrackBack

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The world is going nuts Hube! And what about this mandatory flu shot thing in the NJ public schools? People are starting to say "enough"!

Posted by: AJ Lynch at October 17, 2008 04:00 PM

I wonder if they'd find this right if Alabama had compulsory religious education.

Posted by: Duffy at October 20, 2008 08:26 AM

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